Egypt signs reconciliation deal with Qatar

2021-01-05 14:35:34 GMT2021-01-05 22:35:34(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

CAIRO, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry signed on Tuesday an agreement for Arab reconciliation with Qatar in a Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"Egypt has been always keen on the solidarity among the Arab quartet states and their approaches for promoting the unity and eradicating the disputes among each other," the statement said after the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit held in northwestern Saudi city of Al-Ula.

It reiterated Egypt also signed the agreement for enhancing the joint Arab work in face of the regional challenges.

However, the statement stressed that it is imperative to build on this important step to boost relations among Arab countries "based on good intentions and non-interference in the internal affairs."

Egypt values all sincere efforts exerted for achieving the reconciliation between the Arab quartet and Qatar all over the past years, especially by Kuwait, it added.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed all diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar in June 2017, citing Qatar's interference in their internal affairs and its support for terrorist organizations. Qatar has repeatedly denied all the charges. Enditem